Thursday, January 18, 2018

At factory Trump highlighted, disappointment at lost jobs

 

By Nova SAFO

In 2016, he voted for the brash businessman in the hopes that the take-no-prisoners Republican would save his job at a Carrier furnace-making factory in the midwestern US city of Indianapolis.

 

Now, as Trump's first anniversary in office approaches, Oreskovic is unemployed.

 

"When President Trump came here and promised to save my job, I believed him -- myself and a lot of other people," Oreskovic said last week at a rally organized by a progressive political group in a restaurant near the plant.

 

"I was wrong. We were all wrong," he said.

 

- 'Everyone is blaming Trump' -

Of the many factors leading to Trump's victory over Hillary Clinton in November 2016, one was the support the real estate mogul received from blue-collar workers in manufacturing towns across America's "Rust Belt."

 

Against the odds, Trump -- the Manhattanite with a silver spoon upbringing -- captivated voters in key states like Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan, where factories have been closing for decades and middle class wages disappearing.

 

But in Indiana, at least some workers are questioning their support of the president or have outright cast him aside, as the 2018 midterm elections loom, with control of Congress at stake.

 

Weeks before being sworn into office, Trump personally intervened in the fate of Carrier, making a $7 

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